Episode #1828

Program #1828

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Saturday, September 14, 2002

Hear a sampling of choral music from the world over. Brooklyn's own a cappella outfit, the Persuasions, sing both music by the Grateful Dead and Frank Zappa. If these covers seem at odds with the doo-wop aesthetic, in fact, Frank Zappa himself loved R&B vocal groups so much that he reverently parodied them and even made the Persuasions one of the first signings to his Bizarre label in the late 1960s. Also on this evening's program is music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the unmatched masters of the South African a cappella form known as "isicathamiya" or "mbube;" and a Georgian choir recorded live from the City of London Festival.

PROGRAM #1828, vocal ensembles





The Persuasions

Might As Well: The Persuasions Sign Grateful Dead

Brokedown Palace [4:30]

Grateful Dead Records, . Info at

The Persuasions

Live, WNYC, 11/96

Zappa: The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing [3:00]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Classic Tracks

Uma Ngingena Esontweni [3:00]

Shanachie #43074** (PRMS* or )

Stephan Micus

The Garden of Mirrors

Earth [6:30]

ECM #314 537 162** (PRMS* or )


Guadalupe: Virgen de los Indios

In il huicac cihuapille [2:00]

Y technepa sacramento Dios [2:30]

Iago #210.** PRMS* or Talking Taco Records, POB 781211, San Antonio TX 78278

Stephan Micus


Third Night [6:30]

ECM #314 523 292-2** see above


Live, Church of St. Mary-le-Bow, London

Folk play, excerpt [2:30]

Mtiebi's CD is available at

Alfred Schnittke

Psalms of Repentance

XII [8:30]

ECM #1583.** See above.


Live, Church of St. Mary-le-Bow, London

Folk play, excerpt [3:30]

See above.

Mary Jane Leach

Celestial Fires

Green Mountain Madrigal, excerpt [5:00]

XI #107. Experimental Intermedia, 224 Centre St. NY 10013.

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